Interview #SWAGGHamptons: From PR Student to PR Professional

Here’s my third and final interview at the the Mercedes-Benz Bridgehampton Polo Challenge on Saturday, August 28, 2010.  Mikinzie Stuart, Account Coordinator at SHIFT Communications chatted with me on how to make the transition from PR student to PR professional.  The video comes to you live from the SWAGG VIP tent.

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  1. Thank you, Deirdre and Mikinzie! Sharing with my class at Florida Gulf Coast University tonight — they will love to hear your comments from the “real world!”

  2. Ask questions! YES!! One of the things I is ask questions back when someone has a question. My favorite is, “Who else did you share this with and what did they say?” This does two things: Gets the staff talking and brainstorming with one another and also provides a huge learning experience for the newly graduated professional. It’s fun to watch really quick progression from feeling like the person doesn’t know anything to having tons of confidence in their decision…all because they ask questions.

  3. Mikinzie's Older Self (Adrienne Wallace) says:

    So….you are featured on my BlackBoard for CAP 220 at GVSU…you might get some new followers on #Twitter as a result (a class project of course) :) I linked from PRStud to PR2.0PRO to my page. We might need you as a guest speaker via Skype soon :) Thanks for this feature, it’s a great reinforcement point for my students…”research, research, research”.

  4. Thanks for this great post. This explained a lot about various aspects of business that I didn’t previously understand fully. Once again, I’m grateful for this informative pos

  5. Kellye Crane says:

    Great idea for this interview! Mikinzie, I like that you said “I definitely didn’t learn (some of) this stuff in school.” I think it’s important for new and upcoming grads to realize that the education continues long after you leave the classroom! Recognizing that there’s always more to learn is the hallmark of a true professional.

  6. Sara Steffan says:

    Great idea to interview Mikinzie! She gave some great advice about how to effectively transition from being a student to a professional. I think, though, that you can be both if you do it the right way. Learning on the job is always important, no matter what job you have. Definitely take advantage of every opportunity and ask questions. Also, internships during school are vital in preparing you for jobs. You have the responsibility of a job while still practicing the fundamentals. Interesting post!

  7. Deirdre says:

    Hi Sara! Glad you liked the interview and yes, I agree that internships are a great way to prepare for your professional career. And, even when we’re on the job, it’s so important to continue to learn….no matter how many years you have behind you. Thanks!

  8. George B. says:

    I like this interview so much! Her story and the background music which makes me think of the celebration of Achievement make such a special atmosphere… The achievement to move on to PR Professional.

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